Nokia 1.3 review
The most inexpensive smartphone
Our Nokia 1.3 review uncovers a smartphone that anyone can afford, starting at £5 per month on a 24-month contract. When you need to watch the pennies, the Nokia 1.3 is a great choice of mobile phone.
HD+ notched display
The Nokia 1.3 has a fantastic 5.71” HD+ (1,570x 720 pixels) display. The resolution is excellent and above expectations. The screen receives improved brightness for outdoor use, making it easier to read messages or check-in of social media when you are out and about.
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The screen has the latest looks with a small notch for the selfie camera. The front is glass, and there is a sturdy nano-textured 3D back. You have three colour choices so that you can take your pick from Cyan, Sand, or Charcoal.
The Nokia 1.3 is very lightweight at 155g and has a thickness of 9.35mm.
Phone Set Up
The Nokia 1.3 has face authentication with liveness detection. Liveness detection makes security extra-safe, but if you prefer, you can go old-school and use a PIN instead.
The 16GB memory isn’t huge, but the Go Edition software (more on this later) takes up little room. You shouldn’t be too concerned about the limited amount of memory because there is a memory card slot.
You can, quite cheaply, buy a small-value memory card if needed in the future, and the slot accepts up to 400GB cards, which is over and above the storage even extreme users require.
Android 10 Go Edition
The Go Edition of Android 10 is designed for phones that have entry-level processors. This is the case here with a Qualcomm 215 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, inside the Nokia 1.3. The software is design to be fast and secure, so you get a great experience without the inflated price of many processors.
The Android 10 operating system is set up ready for the Android 11 Go Edition, so you know you will have the latest features, well into the future.
The excellent set of Nokia 1.3 features includes Google Lens Go. With Google Lens Go, you use your camera search for what you see. This handy tool can translate foreign text, and it will even speak the translation out loud.
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Maps Go is perfect for walking, cycling, public transport, or driving directions. YouTube Go is also convenient because you can download videos for offline playback. An excellent use for this is during travel on an aeroplane when you cannot connect to the internet.
We love the Google Assistant Button on the side of the phone. With one press, you can access the assistant, even when the phone is locked. This saves you loads of time when you want to check the news or weather, call friends, make calendar appointments, or make a note.
Camera & Video
The Camera Go app gets the best out of the Nokia 1.3’s 8MP camera, which comes with an LED flash. The most impressive feature is AI low-light imaging, enabling you to get better results when lighting conditions are poor.
Our Nokia 1.3 review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the 8x digital zoom. Furthermore, there is a 5MP selfie camera with portrait mode, for creating a software-driven bokeh (blurred background). Gallery Go makes it straightforward to find photos with the automatic organisation, and one-tap editing allows you to perfect your pictures.
With the energy-efficient Qualcomm processor and a 3,000mAh capacity battery, the Nokia 1.3 will get you through the day. Nokia hasn’t shorted you hear, and many of the latest, and more expensive phones, have a battery of the same size.
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Written by: Michael Brown